Forecast: Clouds & breezy showers to stay a while
Beaches brace for winds, rain, possible flooding
Today: Overcast & breezy. Rainy. Near 50. | Tonight: Breezy. Showers likely. 40s. | Tomorrow: Overcast & windy. Showers likely. Upper 40s to low 50s. | A Look Ahead | Beach Impacts | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
When it comes to winter storms, the D.C. area almost always finds itself straddling the rain/snow line (or rain/ice, snow/ice, or lots-of-snow/barely-a-flurry line). We're looking at a similar but different boundary nearby over the next few days -- a rain/not-as-much-rain line. We'll be on the northern fringe of rains associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida. So while everyone is in line for extended periods of rain, storm totals look to be less for northern parts of the region (maybe under an inch for some spots) and more for southern/southeastern parts (possibly approaching or surpassing 3 inches).
Today (Veterans Day): A steady, though generally light rain is likely to last through much of the day. Rain totals will be higher the further south you go, while areas north of town could see a few breaks in the precipitation. Temperatures should be mostly steady, near 50, and it'll be breezy out of the northeast at 10-20 mph. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Continued overcast and breezy with showers likely, especially but not limited to south and east of town. Lows in the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....
Tomorrow (Thursday): Current indications are that the center of what was Ida will meander off the North Carolina/South Carolina coast. That leaves us overcast and windy (sustained winds of 15-25 mph with higher gusts) with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s and the potential for extended periods of steady rain. Southern and eastern parts of the area can expect the heaviest amounts, with breaks in the action possible north and west of D.C. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Cloudy and breezy with a chance of showers or drizzle and lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium
The ghost of Ida continues to spin off the coast on Friday, possibly close enough to keep us partly to mostly cloudy and quite breezy with highs in the low-to-mid 50s and at least occasional light showers. Confidence: Low-Medium
The low-pressure center from what was Ida finally starts to drift further east into the Atlantic on Saturday, but still we can't rule out the chance of lingering cloud cover and even a passing shower or two, especially during the early part of the day. Overall brightening of the skies should lift highs to at least the upper 50s, perhaps into the low-to-mid 60s if we see some honest-to-goodness sun. And winds should be much diminished. Confidence: Medium
Sunday has a shot at being a pretty nice day, especially for mid-November: Partly sunny skies at least, light winds and highs in the mid-60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium
At the Maryland and Delaware beaches, at least two days if not three days of onshore winds on the order of 20-30 mph could mean significant beach erosion and the very real possibility of costal flooding. Any rain would only exacerbate the situation, though like the D.C. area the Eastern Shore looks to be near the border between substanital rain and not so much.
Flooding and erosion are an even bigger concern further south for Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks, where higher wind gusts (to near 50 mph) and heavier rains (several inches) are likely.
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